by Sue Huston
There are those that say a buck is 50% of the herd, but there are others that believe that the buck gives more than 50%. Either way that buck should be chosen with great care.
To begin, look at his dam to see what her general conformation is and especially look at her udder. Does she have a good udder attachment? Is her rear udder held high keeping the udder out of harms way? Does her fore udder blend smoothly from the udder to the belly? Does she milk well and does she milk easily.
When choosing a buck look at his general conformation that he is level across the top and that he does not have a sloping rump. The Kinder goat is a dual purpose goat so the buck needs to carry fleshing in this front end, neck and shoulder area. Take a good look at the rear of the animal. His hind legs need to be spaced far apart with good angulation to those hind legs. That scrotal attachment needs to be high and tight, the scrotal should be even and not loop sided.
The feet and legs of the buck should be strong making sure that he is not weak in his pasterns. The toes should be close together so as not to toe out. If buying a mature buck make sure he is not over the breed standard which is 28 inches. You do not want a buck with very long legs like those of the dairy animals but you want an animal that has shorter legs that will give you the dual purpose Kinder.
Remember that there are very few male Kinder that should be used as a herd sire. Take time and look closely at the buck that you are going to buy to improve your herd. Buy the best that you can afford and buy from a reputable breeder.
(Watch for upcoming articles that discuss and illustrate each of the conformational qualities discussed in this article!)
This is Reba’s Roma
Roma’s grand sire on her dam side is Bramble Patch Kinder Apple Jack who is the son of Bramble Patch Kinder E Lee.
I am using the buck above on this doe because he comes from my lines. By using your registrations you can do the same.
Beauty Mountain Reba’s sire was Bramble Patch Kinder Apple Jack and his dam was Bramble Patch Kinder E Lee. Reba and E Lee have both evaluated as excellent. Their lines have good udders and milk.
Oreo’s sire evaluated as excellent at around 1 year of age. Oreo’s grand sire and dam on his sire’s side both have evaluated as excellent and there is milk on both sides. His great grand sire on his dam’s side is Bramble Patch Kinder Ebony’s Black Pepper. Black Pepper’s dam (BPK Ebony) made her star in a 1 day milk test where she tested 12 pounds ( this is about 1 and 1/2 gallons) Black Pepper is a brother to Bramble Patch Kinder E Lee.
Yes, this is line breeding. If you want to have consistency in your herd then you must bring the good qualities back into your herd all the time. If you consistently out cross you will wash away all the good qualities in a very short time. In order to keep those good qualities take a look at your registrations to find the animals with the good conformation and milking ability, then look at others herds that have these same animals in their lines, then join their lines with yours. By doing this you will hopefully be keeping all those good qualities in your herd.
Concord is the sire of E Lee and E Lee is in the lines of Theo Van Goat, Oreo and Reba’s Roma.